MINING AND RECLAMATION ADVISORY BOARD
REGULATION, LEGISLATION AND TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEETING
Proposed Blasting Regulations Amendments
(25 Pa. Code Chapters 210 and 211)
August 10, 1999
14th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building
Members in attendance: Fred Wolf, Jack Chamberlin, Sue Germanio, Pat Krommes, Mike Young, Duane Feagley and Sue Wilson.
Industry representatives: Dale Ramsey, Jay Elkins, Keith Pucalik, Jim Sells, Dennis Kisthart, Terry Smith and Randy May.
DEP staff: Mike Getto, Marc Roda, Evan Shuster, Roderick Fletcher, Dave Hogeman and Natalie Shepherd.
CHAPTER 210 – Licensing of Blasters
Committee members and industry representatives supported the proposed revisions.
CHAPTER 211 – Use, Storage and Handling of Explosives
No Action taken. Explosives were not addressed in that RBI. These changes are in the spirit of RBI.
No action taken. Flyrock is easily defined in mining operations by relating it to the permit boundary. The lack of permit boundaries in construction and demolition operations demands that in some cases reasonable judgement be used.
A notice of blasting activity will be required.
This is being considered.
No action taken. This proposal establishes a new requirement for a blasting operation to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance. Certain operations use very small amounts of explosives. There is no desire to make this a burdensome requirement. A company is not prohibited from obtaining more insurance.
No action taken. This scaled distance is needed because of the vibration limit proposed.
Revised to read 50% of the compliance limit.
No action taken. The Department does not see the need for third-party analysis/verification with the modern instruments available. This proposal will result in a cost saving to industry.
Done. Enough flexibility exists to resolve any potential problem